Trembling Utah woman tied up in her house could barely speak to 911, police say


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MIDVALE — With her voice still trembling, a woman who police say was just tied up in her own home by an intruder, could barely speak with emergency dispatchers.

A man armed with a knife who spoke only in Spanish entered a home near 7300 South and 100 West on Dec. 18, according to Unified police. A 44-year-old woman who lives there, heard a noise in her home. When she went to investigate, she was confronted by a man wearing a black hoodie and a mask that covered most of his face except for his eyes, said Unified Police Sgt. Melody Gray.

The man demanded the keys to the Corvette parked in the driveway, Gray said. The woman repeatedly told the man it was her husband's car and she did not have the keys.

The man then tied the woman's hands behind her back, took other items from the house, and left, the sergeant said.

On Thursday, police released the 911 call placed by a neighbor who found the woman.

"My neighbor was calling my name, so I ran over here and she had been bound behind her back. Someone came into her house and threw her against the wall and bound her up," a woman identified only as Lindsay is heard telling the dispatcher.

In the background, the homeowner can be heard sobbing. Lindsay told the dispatcher that the woman was so scared that she didn't want to go outside after the intruder left.

"She had been bound behind her back. Someone came into her house and bound her, shoved her against the wall, hurt her. It looks like he or she has gone through things in her house," Lindsay repeated.

When the dispatcher tried to talk to the homeowner directly, the woman continuously cried and was obviously shaking to the point that the 911 dispatcher had to talk to the neighbor again because she couldn't understand the woman. The homeowner could barely answer yes and no questions in the recording.

The woman later told police investigators she did not recognize the intruder. As of Thursday, no arrests have been made and Unified police say investigators have few leads. Anyone with information on the incident is asked to call police at 801-743-7000.

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Pat Reavy is a longtime police and courts reporter. He joined the KSL.com team in 2021, after many years of reporting at the Deseret News and KSL NewsRadio before that.

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